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Old 06-09-2012, 06:44 PM
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Just got a Pole Saw HT 75

Just picked up this old pole saw and want to know what I should look for. Looks like some play were the shaft off the power head meets the large boom shaft. Gonna take that apart later.

Compression is 75 PSI, piston moves around a MM or so by feeling in the exhaust port. Figuring I'll run it for the rest of the season (bush trimming) and then should I replace piston and rings or do these usually need cylinders, crank bearings? I didnt' see any scouring on the piston or cylinder through the port.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:31 PM
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If all you can manage is 75psi, good luck. I don't think you will find much two stroke hand held equipment that are spec'ed out less than 120psi.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:38 PM
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If all that's wrong is low compression then yes a new jug and piston would be a good investment. If the crank and cutting head are worn then you are looking at more in parts than a new one. Parts can be ridiculously priced. I agree with Dutch, 75psi is too low. May start, but power will be way down.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:00 PM
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News rings and a headgasket may buy you some time....not too expensive...
75 psi might start when cold...doubt it would restart when warm...
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:02 PM
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Yea, I showed the seller the PSI reading and talked him down. Bought it right. Got lucky the guy was reasonable.

It starts easy, idles and runs good. Missing a little torque down low while cutting. Cuts like butter though when you wring it. I'll see how it does with the hedge trimmer head on there.

I'd have bought it for full price judging by how it runs. The saw head doesn't take as much power as a trimmer or hedger trimmer head. Glad I brought my compression tester. I'll probably post back up after I order a piston and ring set.
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:21 PM
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I'll see how it does with the hedge trimmer head on there.

The saw head doesn't take as much power as a trimmer or hedger trimmer head.
The hedge trimmer heads don't generally require much power to run, maybe less than the saw.

If it really runs that well, maybe your compression tester is off.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:00 PM
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The hedge trimmer heads don't generally require much power to run, maybe less than the saw.

If it really runs that well, maybe your compression tester is off.
Maybe it was off. I was looking around for a replacement engine, and decided to test PSI cold. Got 120 LOL

Gonna check PSI again hot. Is there normally a big drop in PSI when hot?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:33 PM
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I'm not sure how much difference you'll see cold versus hot, but I think if you are getting 120 psi it should run OK. If you are getting 75 psi, I doubt it would run well, if at all. My understanding is anything under 100 psi will probably not run decently.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:38 PM
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If it idles the crank bearing and seals are probably in good shape...if seals are bad it will suck air and not idle or idle well. It will also take longer to wind back down.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:02 PM
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Thanks engineer.

I'll check PSI hot tomo and see what the reading is. Maybe I didnt' have the comp tester tight enough. I cranked it a little extra tight this time around LOL
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